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Cerca Calendar: August

Communities throughout Cerca country boast fairs and festivals filled with food, music and fun family activities during August.

Preparation helps make snow play safe, enjoyable

Snow-capped Charleston Peak and neighboring crags west of Las Vegas remind us that winter is here, despite balmy days on the desert floor. Every storm front moving through the area promises snow, luring crowds to the mountains.

Ample room to play in the sand at Dumont Dunes

Beautiful Dumont Dunes near Death Valley National Park attract more than 120,000 visitors annually. One of the great dune systems of the Mojave Desert, Dumont Dunes provide opportunities for a variety of outdoor adventures.

Explore unique geology of Rainbow Basin area

The eroded, fossil-laden landscape of the Rainbow Basin Natural Area north of Barstow, Calif., invites exploration of its multicolored formations, winding desert canyons and washes with areas of dense vegetation.

Henderson to embark on inaugural day of car-free activities

Whether it is to stroll down the street on Rollerblades or bicycles, walk the pavement or even roll around in a giant hamster ball, the city of Henderson is opening up the path for all residents to experience a car-free Henderson for a day Nov. 9. Its inaugural Stroll ’n Roll — a spin on the Ciclovia event, which originated in Bogota, Colombia — invites residents to take to the streets. “We were looking at what type of events could get people out to participate in fun and healthy activities,” said Mary Ellen Donner, the director of the city of Henderson’s parks and recreation department who is helping to organize Stroll ’n Roll.